[LEAPSECS] What's the point?

Poul-Henning Kamp phk at phk.freebsd.dk
Tue Feb 8 16:40:58 EST 2011

In message <F8D6CDF0-810E-41B5-BF97-E51EAB051B9A at noao.edu>, Rob Seaman writes:

>Warner Losh wrote:


>> The current ITU proposal would have the effect of moving the coupling of the Earth's rotation from the time that is broadcast (now called UTC) to the timezones that local governments promulgate.


>This would be chaos for anyone needing to compare timestamps in

>different locales and eras.

Welcome to our world. You're right. It is.

But that has nothing todo with UTC having leap seconds or not, that has
everything to do with politicians meddling in affairs they lack wizard
points to understand.

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